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Executive Secretary

The East African Community

Job Summary

The Executive Secretary (ES) will be the Chief Executive Officer of the East African Community Health Research Commission (EAHRC) who will provide leadership and guidance in the realization and implementation of the vision, mission, goals, and operational objectives of the East African Community Health Research Commission (EACHRC). He/She will be responsible for the overall general day-to-day operations and various projects and programmes of the Commission.

  • Minimum Qualification: Masters
  • Experience Level: Management level
  • Experience Length: 15 years

Job Description

The East African Community is a regional intergovernmental organization comprising the Republic of Burundi, the Republic of Kenya, the Republic of Rwanda, the United Republic of Tanzania, Republic of South Sudan, and the Republic of Uganda with its Headquarters in Arusha, Tanzania.

The EAC mission is to widen and deepen economic, political, social, and cultural integration to improve the quality of life of the people of East Africa through increased competitiveness, value added production, trade, and investments.

This is an exciting opportunity for highly motivated and result-driven professionals who are citizens of East African Community Partner States (Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda, South Sudan ) to apply for the following position tenable at East African Health Research Commission (EAHRC):

EXECUTIVE SECRETARY
(1 post)
(REF: EAC/HR/2020-21/34)

Grade:      Professional Category D1

Reports to:         Board of East African Community Health Research Commission (EACHRC)

Organ/Institution:    East African Health Research Commission (EACHRC)

Duty Station:   Bujumbura, Burundi


Duties and Responsibilities:

  1. Responsible for the overall management of the East African Community Health Research Commission (EACHRC), in fulfilling its mandate as provided for in the EACHRC Protocol and EACHRC Act;
  2. Implement the work of the Commission in accordance with the policy and decisions of the Governing Board and the Council;
  3. Act as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Accounting Officer of the Commission;
  4. Be the Secretary of the Governing Board of the East African Community Health Research Commission (EACHRC);
  5. Guide the formulation and establishment various initiatives, projects, and programmes of the Commission at both regional and national levels in all the EAC Partner States;
  6. Coordinate policy formulation on sustainable development and management of the East African Community Health Research Commission (EACHRC);
  7. Coordinate Resource Mobilization for the various Programs and Projects of the of the East African Community Health Research Commission (EACHRC);
  8. Initiate and oversee the implementation of the strategic framework of the East African Community Health Research Commission (EACHRC);
  9. Coordinate and implement the Partnership Agreements between the East African Community Health Research Commission (EACHRC) and Development Partners;
  10. Develop work plans, budgets and monitoring Programmes for the work of the East African Community Health Research Commission (EACHRC);
  11. Promote operational linkages with other similar regional and international agencies and institutions;
  12. Initiate studies and research related to the implementation of programs for the East African Community Health Research Commission (EACHRC);
  13. Guide the formulation and establishment various initiatives, projects, and programmes of the Commission at both regional and national levels in all the EAC Partner States;
  14. Jointly with the Deputy Executive Secretary (Finance and Administration) and the Deputy Executive Secretary (Research) provide guidance and technical support to the EAC Sectoral Council of Ministers of Health on matters concerning the East African Community Health Research Commission (EACHRC) and take appropriate follow up actions as decided or directed by the EAC Sectoral Council of Ministers of Health;
  15. Promote a positive corporate image of the East African Community in general and of the East African Community Health Research Commission (EACHRC) in particular;
  16. Perform any other functions and responsibilities as are conferred by the Protocol and Act on the establishment of the Commission or as may be assigned by the Governing Board of the East African Community Health Research Commission (EACHRC), the EAC Sectoral Council of Ministers of Health and the EAC Council of Ministers from time to time;

Academic Qualifications and Experience:

  1. A Masters Degree in Health Sciences or its equivalent plus a postgraduate qualification in public health policy analysis and management.
  2. A PhD in Medical or Health research will be an added advantage.

Work Experience:

  1. A minimum of fifteen (15) years relevant working experience in health research, policy and management fields, eight (8) of which must have been in a senior management position at national, regional or international level.
  2. Experience in resource mobilization with promotional and advocacy skills.
  3. Must have published widely relevant articles in international peer review Journals.

Skills and Competences:

  • Ability to develop integrated results oriented annual work plans and other organization-wide activities (setting objectives, developing strategies, budgeting, developing policies and procedures, and organizing the functions necessary to accomplish the activities)
  • Demonstrable competency in public health systems development, management and institution building at national, regional and/or international level;
  • Proficiency in computer office applications and automated statistical analytical tools and/or related packages;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills ;
  • Ability to work as a team leader and to motivate others;
  • Ability to work under pressure and to deliver on the set deadlines;
  • Should be fluent in the English language;
  • Excellent communication and report writing skills;
  • Working knowledge of French and Kiswahili will be an added advantage.

Eligibility for applications:

Only applicants from the Republics of Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda, and South Sudan are eligible to apply for the above position.

Terms and Conditions of Service:

The above position is tenable for a contract of five (5) years renewable once.

This position is subject to the application of the Quota System.

Fringe Benefits:

The established posts offer attractive fringe benefits including housing allowance, transport allowance, education allowance, a medical scheme, and insurance cover.

Education Qualifications:

All candidates applying must have qualifications that are recognized by the relevant national accreditation body in their respective Partner State. This condition is applicable for locally and internationally attained qualifications.

All professions that require registration with the specific professional bodies will be expected to do so in compliance with the requirements of their respective Partner States.

Relevant Working Experience:

Internship, training, and apprenticeship will not be considered as relevant work experience.

Equal Opportunity:

The EAC is an equal opportunity employer; therefore, female candidates are particularly encouraged to apply. EAC will only respond to those candidates who strictly meet the set requirements.

How to Apply:

Interested candidates who meet the qualification and experience requirements for the above mentioned position are advised to :

  • Fill in the application form via the following link: https://www.eac.int/component/documentmananger/?task=download.document&file=bWFpbl9kb2N1bWVudHNfZG9jX2VHY2JrbGlqR0xQZnhDWGxYcHZjVkRNRUFDIEFQUExJQ0FUSU9OIEZPUk0=&counter=686.
  • attach their application letter, a detailed CV, Copies of certified academic certificates, and a copy of National Identity Card or Passport in PDF format scanned in one (1) file.
  • Please quote the respective reference number on both the application letter and envelope.
  • For electronic submission, please quote the respective reference number on the subject of the email and send to the address given below.

Applications should be submitted to the address below not later than Friday, 21st August  2020.

Please note:

1.         You may submit your application either electronically or in hard copy but not both.

2.         Applications which do not :

    • have EAC application form;
    • indicate nationality and age;
    • have the reference number;
    • or have an application letter attached;
    • have certified copies of their academic degrees and other professional Certificates;
    • or fail to provide three referees will be disqualified.

3.         Only qualified candidates will be contacted

4.         EAC Staff Rules and Regulations preclude considerations of applicants above 55 years of age.

Please note that EAC does not require candidates to pay money for the recruitment process. All invitations for interviews will be done in writing.

A due diligence will be conducted for all successful candidates in respect of their academic certificates (certification by a recognized higher education body in the respective Partner States) and employment records.

The Secretary General
East African Community
P. o Box 1096
Arusha - Tanzania.
Tel: +255 27 2162100
Fax: +255 27 2162190
E-mail: vacancy@eachq.org; copy to: vacancies@eachq.org Website : www.eac.int

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The East African Community
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Outside Kenya
| Full Time |
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